People and Gardens
Jenny Young du Pont will become president and chief executive officer of the Garden Conservancy on April 8, Benjamin F. Lenhardt, Jr., chairman of the board, announced recently. Since 2010, Ms. du Pont has been a legal and strategic consultant advising clients on business development, marketing, legal issues, and investor relations. Her clients have included various media, technology, and financial firms. From 2007 to 2009, she served as executive director of Miracle House of New York, Inc., a nonprofit social services agency in New York City.
Dr. C. Ritchie Bell passed away on March 6, 2013
The North Carolina Botanical Garden has lost one of its most ardent and long-lived friends, Dr. C. Ritchie Bell. An active and influential scientist, Bell enthusiastically advanced the appreciation and conservation of native plants, especially in the southeastern United States..
Click here to read more on Ritchie Bell: http://ncbg.unc.edu/cr-bell/
Fairchild Garden celebrates 75th anniversary
Dr. David Fairchild was one of the greatest plant explorers of all time. He retired to Miami in 1935, where he shared his vast knowledge and experience in tropical plants with Colonel Robert H. Montgomery, who founded Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and named it to honor his friend. Opened to the public in 1938, Fairchild was established on an eighty-three-acre site south of Miami that was purchased by Colonel Montgomery and later deeded in large part to Miami-Dade County.
Today, seventy-five years later, with forty-five thousand members and more than twelve hundred volunteers, Fairchild Garden is one of the world's best science, conservation, and education-based gardens and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation. Exhibiting some of the tropical world's rarest and most beautiful plants within the tapestry of an iconic landscape design, Fairchild has conservation programs in over twenty countries throughout the tropical world including Indonesia, South America, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia. Fairchild Garden is home to the American Orchid Society and holds the Orchid Festival every spring. Fairchild's Wings of the Tropics Butterfly Conservatory features thousands of butterflies and an interactive metamorphosis laboratory plus hummingbirds and rare orchids.
For more information, visit www.fairchildgarden.org.
Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for the Everglades adds Fredda Butowsky & Toni Mastrullo to Advisory Council
Westonbirt awarded top-level Accreditation by ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program
The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum are pleased to announce that England's Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, has been awarded a Level IV Accreditation, the highest level achievable. By achieving particular standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens, Westonbirt, which is managed by the Forestry Commission of England, is now recognized as an accredited arboretum in The Morton Register of Arboreta.
Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, is located in Gloucestershire, England, about a two-hour drive west from London. The arboretum is a remarkable place for people to enjoy and learn about trees. Created in the nineteenth century by Victorian entrepreneur Robert Holford, the six-hundred-acre arboretum was planted during the period of unprecedented introduction and availability of new plants to UK growers. Laid out in a relatively short period, the treescape owes much to Holford’s regard for the landscape principles of William Sawrey Gilpin. Westonbirt attracts around four-hundred thousand visitors a year. It also supports a range of educational programs and learning activities, ranging from guided walks to web-based interpretation.